Globe Theatre Pictures

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Globe Theatre, London

Globe Theatre, London - Exterior
Outside the Globe Theatre, London Globe Theatre, London - Exterior. Photo © Pawel Libera

The Globe Theatre in London was founded by the American actor and director Sam Wanamaker and is used as an international destination to discover the work of Shakespeare. Visitors can enjoy traditional theater and the playhouse along with ongoing talks, lectures and events. With a focus on education, Shakespeare's Globe provides events, classes, research and resources for teachers, families and a diverse set of people.

A Brief History

The Globe was built in 1599 using timber from The Theatre, an earlier theater built by the Burbage family. The most well-known plays performed at the Globe included Julius Caesar, Hamlet and Twelfth Night. The original Globe Theatre in London was demolished in 1644 after it fell into disuse during the Puritan era. This important building was lost for centuries until the original foundations were rediscovered in 1989. In the mid-1990s, the Globe Theatre London was reconstructed using traditional materials and techniques just a few hundred yards away from the original site.

Explore Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in this digital photo tour, where pictures from this outstanding building can give you a real insight into the world of William Shakespeare.

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Elizabethan Theatre

Elizabethan Theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Elizabethan Theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Photo © Manuel Harlan

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre gives us a fascinating glimpse into the world of Elizabethan theater. Also known as English Renaissance theater or early modern English theater, performances in England from 1562 and 1642 included plays from Shakespeare, Marlow and Jonson. Playwrights and poets were the leading artists during this time as the theater became the way of socializing in the sixteenth century. 

Making Noise Was Commonplace

The theater experience was very different back then. Audiences would talk, eat and sometimes brawl during performances. Today, audiences tend to be better behaved, but the Globe Theatre gives us first-hand experience of Elizabethan theater.

The trust stage and high seating areas brought the performer and spectator into close proximity, where performances were often played out in the afternoon for two to three hours. Shakespeare’s language is very direct and designed for the Elizabethan theater space.